Last updated on March 26, 2019 at 01:30 pm
Have a family vacation or weekend getaway coming up? Once-in-a-blue-moon travelers and seasoned pros alike will get something out of these tips, which apply to all forms of travel. Here are some valuable tips and tricks for keeping your belongings safe when traveling.
- Leave it home. When it comes to valuables or items that are irreplaceable, like an antique piece of jewelry you inherited, just leave them home in a safe spot.
- Travel light. Some people like to bring everything with them “just in case.” I’m just not that kind of traveler. Keeping tabs on your belongings is easier when you have less stuff overall. It also draws less attention to you as a traveler.
- Keep the important stuff on you, literally. Things like your passport, cash and ATM card should be kept on you at all times. Wear a jacket with zippered pockets on the inside or a money belt (like this one) you can put under your clothes.
- Be wary. It sounds terrible, but think twice about a person who offers to load your bags into a cab, on a bus or on a train. Tricking tourists into handing their bags over is one of the top travel scams.
- Gear up. There are certain types of luggage, like PacSafe, made to prevent theft. They offer slash-proof backpacks and other anti-theft travel gear.
- Divide and conquer. If you’re taking cash with you, don’t keep it all in one spot. In the unfortunate event you are robbed, you’ll still have money.
- Plan ahead. Make photocopies of your passport, credit card info and tickets.
- Invest in diversion safes. These are safes that look like regular objects, like a lint roller or shaving cream can.
- Stay alert. Many folks think their hotels are safe and secure but, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Keep your luggage closed and tucked away and valuables out of sight and, if possible, lock up important items. If you don’t need your room cleaned every day, hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign up to keep the cleaning crew at bay.
- Trust the gut. Instincts are there for a reason: to protect us from danger. So if something doesn’t feel right or is too good to be true, go with your gut.
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